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Applications to Wesleyan Up 22%

Stewart M. Reid House: Admission Center

In November, 2008, when all the first round early decision applications were in, the Wesleyan admissions’ staff knew the initial numbers were not a fluke. Applications from high school students seeking admission during the first early decision period at Wesleyan were up 34 percent from the previous year, 2007. Still, the admissions staff maintained cautious enthusiasm.

“We were elated, but we also remained a bit guarded because, quite frankly, we didn’t know if the early decision increase would be followed by a decrease in overall applications, especially with the economy taking such a dramatic downturn,” says Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid. “So we were holding our breath a bit and continuing to contact students and

Student Leaders Learn from Prominent Alumni

Anand Satchidanandan '08, assistant director of the Wesleyan Fund, and Jeff XX speak with Jody Hill '78 during the third Student Leadership Lunch Feb. 28 in Usdan University Center. The lunches are hosted by the Alumni Association to recognize student leaders and to provide them with an opportunity to meet and learn from prominent alumni leaders.

Anand Satchidanandan '08, assistant director of the Wesleyan Fund, and Jeff Bizinkaukas '10 speak with Jody Hill '78 during the third Student Leadership Lunch Feb. 28 in Usdan University Center. The lunches are hosted by the Alumni Association to recognize student leaders and to provide them with an opportunity to meet and learn from prominent alumni leaders.

 

Krafft ’09 Speaks on Iraq Experiences at N.Y. Museum

Max Krafft '09 overlooks the city of An Nasiriyah, Iraq during a deployment with the U.S. Army. Krafft will speak about his experience March 7 and 22 as part of an upcoming art show at the New Museum in New York City. Krafft says the image "portrays visually the daunting task of talking about something so large and confusing from one person's perspective."

Max Krafft '09 overlooks the city of An Nasiriyah, Iraq during a deployment with the U.S. Army. Krafft will speak about his experience March 7 and 22 as part of an upcoming installation at the New Museum in New York City. Krafft says the image "portrays visually the daunting task of talking about something so large and confusing from one person's perspective."

As a former U.S. Army sergeant, Max Krafft ’09 has a lot to say about his two stints serving in Iraq.

The English major was deployed in December 2005, and again in January 2007. On both occasions he was touring as the bass player and sound engineer for a rock/pop/country/R&B ensemble affiliated with the 389th Army Band.

“We were there to perform for the members of the military and government contractors who were stationed there during the holidays in an attempt to entertain them and boost their morale,” Krafft explains, regarding his role overseas.

Krafft, who lived and worked within 300 meters of a car bomb explosion and several mortar attacks, will share his thoughts on the War in Iraq as part of an exhibit at the New Museum in New York. The part-installation, part-conversation show

Student Art Calls Attention to Race, Class Elitism

Several Wesleyan students of color are hosting an art show Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery South through the end of Feburary. Pictured is a photograpy collage titled "En Kolkata" created by Priya Ghosh '09.

An exhibit titled "Be the Art: You Want to See in the World" is on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery through Feb. 15. The show will be transferred to Usdan University Center thereafter. Pictured is a collage of photographs titled "En Kolkata" created by Priya Ghosh '09.

Students Voice Opinions on War in Gaza

Rabbi David Teva Leipziger, director of religious and spiritual life and University Jewish Chaplain, leads an open discussion about the war in Gaza Feb. 4 in Olin Library's Devlin Room. About 40 students attended the event.

Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, director of religious and spiritual life and University Jewish Chaplain, leads an open discussion about the war in Gaza Feb. 4 in Olin Library's Devlin Room. About 40 students attended the event. They were encouraged to speak about the latest chapter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Wesleyan Enters ‘RecycleMania’ Again

Between Jan. 18 and March 28, Wesleyan will once again join the more than 470 colleges and universities from across the country participating in RecycleMania, a national recycling and waste minimization competition. This is Wesleyan’s fourth year participating.

Wesleyan is participating in RecycleMania for the fourth time.

Wesleyan is participating in RecycleMania for the fourth time.

“Our goal is to make people aware of how much trash and recyclables they are generating, and to hopefully minimize waste and increase awareness about recycling,” says Jeff Miller, associate director for facilities management and chair of the Recycling and Waste Committee, a subcommittee of Wesleyan’s Sustainable Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship. “We’re interested in measuring how much waste goes out of this campus.”

During the 10-week contest, Wesleyan will record the volume of paper, cardboard and glass/metals/plastics collected from most academic, administrative, on-campus student dormitory facilities and the Usdan University Center. Wesleyan also will record the amount of garbage.

Weekly measurements will be taken by

Hundreds Watch Obama Inauguration in Usdan, Beckham

Hundreds of Wesleyan students, staff and faculty, and community members attended a live screening of President Barack Obama's Inauguration Jan. 20 in Usdan University Center and Beckham Hall. The audience gathered to watch as Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Hundreds of Wesleyan students, staff and faculty, and community members attended a live screening of President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Jan. 20 in Usdan University Center and Beckham Hall. The audience gathered to watch as Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Sporting an Omama-Biden sweatshirt, David "Dove" Altabef '08 cheers during Obama's Inauguration Jan. 20 in Usdan University Center. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Sporting an Omama-Biden sweatshirt, David “Dove” Altabef ’08 cheers during Obama’s Inauguration Jan. 20 in Usdan University Center. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Marjorie Rivera '12 shouts and applauds Obama's speech. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Marjorie Rivera ’12 applauds Obama’s speech. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The event was video recorded by members of Information Technology Services for Wesleyan's UTube site. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The event was video recorded by members of Information Technology Services for Wesleyan’s WesTube site. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Cathy Race, administrative assistant for the Psychology Department, watches Inauguration events in Usdan. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Cathy Race, administrative assistant for the Psychology Department, watches Inauguration events in Usdan. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Spectators watch the event at Beckham Hall. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Spectators watch the event at Beckham Hall. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

The audience fills Usdan University Center. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The audience fills Usdan University Center. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The inaugural festivities began at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Obama delivered his inaugural address at noon. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The inaugural festivities began at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. President Obama delivered his inaugural address at noon. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Phil Isaacs, new media developer, assisted with video-recording the event in Usdan. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Phil Isaacs, new media developer, assisted with video-recording the event in Usdan. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

 

Students Attend Prop. 8 Reading at Wellesley College

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Pictured, from left, Cherrie Moraga, poet/writer and Demian Pritchard, visiting assistant professor of Latina/o literature and culture in the English Department, pose for a photograph with Wesleyan students Emily Evnen '10, Alicia Garrison '09, Hope Steinman-Iacullo '09, Elizabeth Busch '10, Dan Heinrich Manuyag '10, Elissa Martel '10, and Christie Kontopidis '10.

A group of Wesleyan students, led by Demian Pritchard, visiting assistant professor of Latina/o literature and culture in the English Department, attended a reading by Cherríe Moraga at Wellesley College Nov. 20.

Moraga is an influential and prolific Chicana lesbian writer of poetry, drama and essays. She is known for mixing genre in her writing as she engages issues of sexuality, race, gender and class – alongside questions of nation and language.

Her reading was titled “Still Loving in the Still War Years,” a play on the title of one of her most widely read books: Loving in the War Years, and inspired by the recent California passage of Proposition 8 barring the right for gays and lesbians to marry in the state – a right won in California recently, and quickly lost.

Moraga read from an in-process essay about her relationships with her mother and her teenage son as a frame for her reading from another in- process essay on President-elect Obama. In her essay she called upon the nation to remember its responsibility to continue to participate in the process of “change” asked for by Obama – to transform the work gone into his election inspired by “the audacity of hope” to a long-term politics of continued participation, which she called “the tenacity of hope.”

(Photo and text contributed by Demian Pritchard)

Choreography Workshop Students Perform in Winter Dance

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More than 70 Wesleyan students took part in the Winter Dance Concert Dec. 5 and 6 in the Center for the Arts Theater. The annual concert showcases the work of dance majors completing Choreography Workshop. Pictured are Sheryl Sinclair '09 and Collin Cutrone McMichael '09 performing a dance titled "unto i lovE: an anagram" by Yumin He '09.

South Korea, Cameroon Give Students New Perspectives on Cultures

Allison Hardy’s experiences as a study abroad student in Cameroon have reinforced her knowledge about criticisms of the United States. One common stereotype she encountered is that “all Americans are really wealthy.” In fact, she was asked if she had a huge sweet sixteen birthday bash like what is depicted on television.

Although Hardy ’10 has explained that the majority of Americans are not wealthy, she feels that other issues are harder to explain. For example, she’s gained a new appreciation for the United States’ improving gender equality, fighting homophobia and moving past hetero-normative attitudes, she says.

Sherry Cho ’10, another study abroad student, decided to return